This point comes at the very end of the original film as its denouement, but here it’s the climax–simply the launching point for the last half of the story. Because of Dumbo’s talents, Medici’s small traveling circus becomes famous and he’s offered a partnership by theme park mogul, V.A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton), an
eccentric tycoon who owns the utopian Dreamland amusement park futuristic even by today’s standards and where Burton can really stretch his wings with set vision. Medici and his crew all move up to New York to join Vandemere’s circus. Where the original Dumbo didn’t
really have any villain (society in general was the antagonist), this remake has an actual bad guy. His arc is a slow build and we’re not exactly sure if he’s completely unlikable at first, but Vandevere ultimately has his own plans for Dumbo. He wants his trapeze artist, Colette (Eva Green), to ride the elephant while he’s flying–something he’s never done before. Dumbo’s desire to succeed is driven by his hope that he will earn the circus enough money to afford to buy his mother back. You could argue that Burton had to be the guy behind this project.